By Arnold Kling
Given her credentials as a conservative icon, Phyllis Schlafly is one of the stranger bedfellows of the anti-globo movement. Here is her protectionist proposal:
Congress should reject all attempts to extend the current number of H-1B visas and allow the limit to revert to 65,000; require employers to show a good-faith effort to hire U.S. citizens before applying for visas; require employers to lay off non-citizens before laying off U.S. citizens; restrict L-1 visas to jobs paying $100,000 a year and prohibit transfers between companies; and forbid U.S. government agencies from hiring non-citizens or from contracting with outside firms that hire non-citizens.
For Discussion. Given that labor, capital, goods, and information would otherwise be mobile, can sweeping protectionism be implemented in a free society?